Sequester Watch: The Sequester Is Here

Bottom Line is rounding up the latest news and reports on other Web sites about the potential effects of sequestration, the mandatory federal spending cuts that kicked in March 1. This is the latest in a series of posts.

  • As mandated by law, President Obama signed orders on March 1 to begin the process known as sequestration. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget issued its required report to Congress on the details of the cuts. Specifics on how and when the cuts are to be carried out have yet to be released.
  • The Association of American Medical Colleges has joined the chorus warning against the deleterious effects for health care. In a statement, it said that cuts to federal funds for research and doctor training “will not just have an impact this year, they will have consequences for years to come.”
  • The American Indian Higher Education Consortium also released a statement detailing the likely impact on the country’s 37 tribal colleges and universities. Among the projected effects: the end of summer sessions at Sitting Bull College and Little Big Horn College, and the loss of 35 staff positions and about 100 students at College of Menominee Nation.
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